Still of David Oyelowo and Emayatzy E. Corinealdi in Middle of Nowhere
Middle of Nowhere
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Ava DuVernay
In her directorial debut, director and screenwriter Ava DuVernay tells the story of a young woman whose husband is sentenced to eight years in prison. Choosing to drop out of med school to stay close to him and have more time for visits and phone calls, Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi) supports her husband 100-percent through this hardship, paying his child support from a previous relationship and all of his legal bills, counting on the hope he'll get out early for good behavior.
The premise of the film was incredibly interesting and inspiring, and the beautiful and talented Emayatzy Corinealdi was perfectly cast for the role. However, the film begins in the middle of Ruby's conversation with her husband as she's telling him she's dropping out of med school to maintain their relationship. Throwing the audience into such an important and otherwise emotional moment without any background or character development had an adverse affect on the remainder of the film, which glossed over scenes that could have strengthened the overall work. Instead, DuVernay chose to focus on Ruby's cliched interactions with her controlling mother, single sister and new love interest. The story has some great potential and the subject matter has a lot of depth, but unfortunately, when the film reached the credits, I was left emotionally dissatisfied.
Time: 6:00 pm Date: 1/27/2012 Venue: Yarrow Hotel Theatre